While some people believe art can change the world, it is imperative to understand what type of 'change' they have in mind. Changes that alter the world of medicine or global warming as mentioned in the reading, may not be the change these individuals are referring to. But also, it is important to stop and think what the definition of art is. Art's definition will substantially differ from an artist to a physician, where a physician may believe a medical breakthrough can be a form of art.
In Jerry Saltz's reading, art can change the world "incrementally and by osmosis". The reason being is that art is a part of a larger force than some individuals may come to notice; it helps make change possible through its massive influential energy. In addition to being able to synthesize change, art has many broad and precise meanings, but it is important to understand that art is necessary in all aspects of life. While art can calm, soothe, and relax the mind and body, it also has the ability to invoke polar opposite emotions in its observers. With that knowledge, it is safe to say that while art may look as though it can have straightforward meanings, similar to a poem, art has the potential to be absorbed by the mind and interpreted an infinite amount of ways.
In closing, Eric Fischl's summation of art being similar to a cat has enabled me to understand its depths and meanings on a much more rudimentary level. Cats are creatures that humans have an extremely difficult time understanding or even getting along with. Similar to the statement of art being "political when it doesn't seem political and not political when that's all it seems to be", art has a way of rubbing individuals the wrong way if they aren't able to understand it profoundly. Yet I feel as though the purpose of art is not to be understood, but to be appreciated at its utmost potential.